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Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Art Deco Butterfly Wing Jewelry

    One of the most spectacular specimens of Art Deco adornment is the 1920s butterfly wing jewelry.

    These mysterious rich blue jewel-like pieces often evoke exclamations of surprise and delight when it is found out that they are indeed real butterfly wings. The species most commonly seen is the Morpho Butterfly, originating primarily from the Amazon.


    Butterfly wing jewelry was first introduced at the 1924 British Empire Exhibition. Since then, it has become highly collectable; particularly the earlier deco pieces.

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  • The Beautiful 1960s in Honor of Mad Men

    The final season of Mad Men is here! 

    Now set in the 1960s, we get to delight in the exquisite and colorful aesthetic of the Mad Men Era! Imagine the window into our past culture we will glimpse through the brilliant costuming and sets of Mad Men! The 60s were a time of incredible social and cultural growth and upheaval, from the free speech movement, free love, wars, space trips, modernism, and the continuation in creating a futuristic technological world that is still growing today.

    All of which is to say, fashion, art, and jewelry in the 1960s were rich in innovation, youth, and NEW-ness!


    Try a playful look with huge accessories a la Twiggy.

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    Vintage Citrine Cocktail Ring

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    Audrey Hepburn in Paco Rabanne 

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    The Perfect Splash! Midcentury Coral and Diamond Earrings. 


     Veruschka, Vogue 1965

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    1960s Fine Costume Faux Pearl Earrings

    xoxo -Gemma

  • 4 Tips for Buying a Vintage Engagement Ring

    We are enormous fans of purchasing vintage engagement rings. But we know it can be a little overwhelming to make this important purchase, particularly when you are shopping online. So we thought we would share our four top tips for picking the perfect vintage engagement ring.


    1.  Be Open to Different Jewelry Eras

    So many people come into our store determined to purchase a piece from a specific era of jewelry and then find them self completely enraptured by an equally antique ring but one from a very different era than they originally intended. We encourage people to be open to all the different vintage eras because you may find a style you didn’t know even existed. And also, while each era has a different characteristic look, eras often bleed into each other so, for instance, while filigree is generally associated with the Edwardian era it was still in use in the Art Deco era.

    2. Know the Difference Between Real & Reproduction

    A reproduction piece is a new piece of jewelry intended to look old. But it is far from the same thing. Beyond the fact that very very few jewelers can even begin to replicate the beauty of an old piece of jewelry, reproduction jewelry does not appreciate as well as old jewelry, as much of the value of an old piece of jewelry lies in its authenticity as well as the craftsmanship of the older decades. (This is also the reason that those who sell jewelry reproductions can often sell their pieces at a lower cost. They can order their jewelry from a factory. Antique jewelry has to be sought all over the country and often the globe. There is a finite amount of it in the world. This is part of the reason that while the initial cost of an antique piece may be slightly higher it ultimately is a much better value as the antique piece will appreciate and the reproduction will not.)

     3. Don’t Get Fooled By the Word “Style”

     The word style is a tricky way people pass off new, reproduction pieces as old without technically lying. Words, like Deco “Style” and Edwardian “Style”, are used to say a piece was made in the style of a particular era without actually being produced during that time period.

    4. Look for a Ring with an Independent Appraisal

    It is difficult when purchasing jewelry on the web to feel confident that you are getting the piece presented to you. An independent jewelry appraisal can give you that confidence. A jewelry appraisal verifies the features of a piece of jewelry. It also values the jewelry’s monetary worth. It is a legal document that can be held up in a court of law, signed by a certified appraiser. (Why an independent appraisal? While many jewelry stores use an in house appraiser to appraise their jewelry, we choose not to. We want to make sure the person appraising our jewelry has no vested interest in its price. When we use an independent appraiser, we are allowing an outside, objective party to determine the price of our jewelry.) We use North American Gem Lab to do our appraisals, and specifically their top appraiser, Thomas Elliott.

    I hope these four tips help you in your journey.--xo Miko

    Please visit our website to see our selection of beautiful Vintage Engagement Rings!

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